Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought this was the best beer out of their sampler (though the stout is good, it’s not as much my style). The head had some lace, but not much. The beer smells and tastes sweet, and it sticky and warming. Hoppy notes don’t start to show until the beer warms up.
mjg74 (2824) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber color. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with a little bit of graininess. Flavor is a bit malty with a caramel type sweetness in the background. Average amber.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft, color and aroma is more like a brown then an amber. Caramel, honey, oak. Taste is too sweet, slightly spicey with caramel. Unbalanced and doesn’t show an hop character.
jgb9348 (5092) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2004
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clear amber coloured body with a small white head. Aroma of vinegar and malt mixed with some soap. Light to medium-bodied; Spicey flavour with some light spices and malt present. Hardly and hops-nothing crazy. Aftertaste clean and malty-nothing else. Overall, a decent amber-not great nor horrible. I sampled this draught beer from Terminal 7 at LAX on 31-May-2004.
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
comment--This beer has no head what so ever and that dissapoints me. The reddish brown color is uplifitng though. Smooth caramel notes and a slight nutty flavor a brown ale gives off. Did have a stout like toffee alcohol taste but ill stick to the Karl Strauss lager. This is a very common find in SanDiego and the logo of the red trolley is cute cuz it gives me memories of getting jumped, robbed, or getting arrested on the red trolley we call a transit system here.
ghawener (1522) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - SEP 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft: Red brown, no head, sweet aroma. Taste is sweet with hints of stout, caramel, and bitter chocolate.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer has lots of aroma. You can smell lots of malt but the hops too. Pretty red color. Pretty good overall.
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I like hops in my nose. Red trolley is all that. Rusty red color with a very dry but mostly barley taste (?). Fair head retention and nice lace. Sampled on tap in San Diego.
tbrean (1) - California, USA - JUN 13, 2004 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
If you like the red/amber ales, this one is the litmus test I hold all others to. This beer goes down smooth and leaves a mild and pleasant aftertaste. Red Trolley is rich in taste, but not overpowering; the alchohol melds well with the flavors and does not produce a strong or bitter bite like some other ales. My favorite beer.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2008 One of my favorite amber ales. Kind of a cross between an alt and an ESB? Malty/grainy body is luscious, but not too heavy. Just enough hoppy bite to balance through the finish. Beautiful red ale.